Formed in 1987 after the merger of fashion house Louis Vuitton with Moët Hennessy, it’s odd that it has taken 32 years to bear the fruits of the first commercial collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Hennessy. Arguably, Louis Vuitton is France’s most recognised fashion house and as a luxury conglomerate, they are the world’s largest cognac producer and with significant cognac consumption growing in China, something like a quarter of a million dollar Louis Vuitton Paradis Impérial Trunk was bound to herald a new, deeply experiential way of consuming cognac.
The Paradis Impérial Trunk created by Louis Vuitton is a work of bespoke craftsmanship which is part travel case, part bar and part “exhibition cabinet” for the latest edition of Paradis Impérial cognac and its handcrafted crystal decanter.
Louis Vuitton Paradis Impérial Trunk is a travel case, bar and the Way to Experience Cognac
Cognac connoisseurs can now rejoice with the new Paradis Impérial cognac with an ultra-luxe, impressive drinking set including a crystal decanter (US$3,000) designed by artist Arik Levy and a specially crafted trunk (US$273,000) from Louis Vuitton. LVMH’s two entities, Hennessy and Louis Vuitton, have collaborated on its first commercial collaboration unveiling its new, luxurious trunk in Shanghai at the brand new Amanyangyun resort. Louis Vuitton’s classic travel trunks is known to be the aesthetic centerpiece of the Vuitton brand since 1858 and the impressive Paradis Imperial cognac is another piece to add to its collection.
Handcrafted in France and lined with premium leather, the Paradis Imperial cognac is covered in Louis Vuitton’s trademark monogram pattern. The 1.2 metres trunk opens to reveal a makeshift bar, complete with four magnum-sized crystal decanters or Paradis Impérial: an exclusive cognac aged for more than a century in French oak and sourced from one of the oldest barrelhouses in the world. The make-shift bar also comes with luxurious serving tools and that includes tulip-shaped glasses and a separate Nomad case to store extra bottles of cognac. The set serves up to 18 people and is the perfect way to impress your guests at a party. If it’s too extravagant for your liking, consider the Nomad on its own for $117,000 or the crystal decanter set for $4,000.
The Louis Vuitton Paradis Impérial Trunk will be available by special order starting this month with the decanter becoming available to luxury retailers in May.